Northern Ballet’s original pioneering ballet for children, Ugly Duckling, the first of the Company’s award-winning series of children’s ballets, will return to the stage this autumn.
The production will open at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in Leeds from 24 to 27 October 20222 before visiting the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre in London from 29 to 30 October.
Based on the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, Ugly Duckling tells the story of a lonely duckling, who doesn’t fit in with her friends. This child-friendly 40-minute ballet follows her journey to love herself and those around her, as she grows up into a beautiful swan.
The colourful production has been created especially for children aged four and above, and their families. It is designed as a way for them to experience live dance, music and theatre together at an affordable price.
Ugly Duckling is choreographed by former Northern Ballet leading soloist Dreda Blow and former Northern Ballet dancer Sebastian Loe. The production features set designs by Dave Gillan, lighting by Alastair West, costumes by Julie Anderson and music arranged by John Longstaff, which will be performed live at both venues by members of Northern Ballet Sinfonia.